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by the palestinians, even as he speaks out for an independent palestine while on his trip. so, why are they so angry? abc's alex marquardt tonight from jerusalem. >> reporter: president obama's last day here took him to bethlehem, the biblical birthplace of jesus. a highlight of this trip that has strengthened bonds with israelis but frustrated palestinians. they've vented their anger with protests, with those posters, fueled, in large part, by obama not condemning israel's settlements, the building of houses on land long held by palestinians. families like the gharibs. today, their house is an island, this is how over the past 30 years, a nearby israeli settlement has grown, swallowing up almost half their land. the rest cut off by a security fence. "it's like we're in a prison," says mahmoud gharib. "we have cameras, gates, fences and walls." so, why do you stay? "this is my homeland. this is my house," he says. "the israelis are stealing the land day and night." reaching parts of their land requires a special permit. they're just explaining that this whole hillside below the settlement is their l
in july when president obama will likely ask for increased borrowing power. president obama has returned to washington tonight after his trip to the middle east. the president took a break from diplomacy for the final leg of the trip touring the ancient city ever petra in jordan of the petra was built more than 2,000 years ago, carved out of stone between massive delivers. mr. obama called the scene royry spectacular." >> activists in san francisco gave training on how to protest against the keystone xl pipeline during president obama's upcoming visit. a few dozen gathered at federal building to take part in the training and if approved bit obama administration that pipeline could carry oil from alberta, to refineries on west coast. >> the struggle over california's mental health care of prisoners returns to court next week. a federal judge will consider w whetherbillions of dollars have improved the system enough. advocates for the prisoners say their basic rights have still being violated including a suicide rate that is getting worse of case resumes wednesday in sacramento with a ru
. from there president obama heads to jordan the last stop on his mideast trip. >>> time is 4:36. today we will find out if any bay area air traffic control towers will be closed. five air traffic control towers here in the bay area are on a possible closures list. they include concord, livermore, santa rosa, and napa. the faa has decided to shut down as many as 238 air traffic control towers across the country because of sequestration budget cuts. >>> there are more impacts on the way. the house of representatives passed a stopgap spending bill yesterday to keep the government running for the next six months. the bill now goes to president obama for his signature. the legislation leaves in place $85 billion in spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs. as a result hundreds of thousands of government workers can expect temporary furloughs over the next six months. >>> time now 4:38. that spending bill requires a clause a saturday mail delivery to continue. despite that plans to cut saturday service should continue. they say they
. >> okay. thank you very much for that. coming up, speaking of political events, president obama makes his first official trip to israel as a u.s. president. this after a recent poll shows only 10% of israelis view him favorably. we'll be live in jerusalem with more when we come back. don't go anywhere. zap technology. arrival. with hertz gold plus rewards, you skip the counters, the lines, and the paperwork. zap. it's our fastest and easiest way to get you into your car. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. >>> >>> now the tiny island of cyprus' finance minister is appealing to russia for help. fresh off talks this morning, negotiations were constructive but no deal has been struck for a loan or further aid at this time. steve sedgwick spoke with the finance minister after that meeting. here's what he had to say. >> a very good first meeting. very constructive. very honest discussion. we underscored how difficult the situation is and we'll now continue our discussions to find a solution by which we will get -- we hope we'll get some support from russia. >> in t
. [inaudible conversations] >> president obama has just completed a trip to the middle east which included visits to jerusalem, the west bank and jordan. the last day of his trip he held of joint news conference with king abdallah mary was after about the diplomatic relationship with turkey. >> long said that it is in both the interests of israel and turkey to restore normal relations between two countries that have historically had good ties. it broke down as a consequence of the flotilla incidents. we asked about why this rupture has to be amended. they don't have to agree on everything for them to come around a whole range of common interests and common concerns. during my visit in appeared that the timing was good for that conversation to take place. i discussed it with prime minister benjamin netanyahu and both of us agreed to, and fortunately they were able to begin the process of rebuilding normal relations between two important countries in the region. this is a work in progress. it is just beginning. there will still be significant disagreements between turkey and israel not just
world leaders have to make up. this is the hug and make a trip between president obama and that in -- they were all smiles. they were congratulating each other. he went out of his way to thank president obama will double times. for president obama, though, this is a little bit of a trip to try to harden up his image. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our security interest. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both a more prosperous it makes the world a better place. >> at the end of their rope marks, the president and the prime minister went on a two or of israel's iron dome. it is one of the things that president obama often points to that he has really gotten behind. currently, his likability and israel is right around 10%. he will talk to the entire country on thursday. that is time for him to start selling himself a little bit more to the israeli people. cheryl: thank you very much. we are looking at the market right now. the dow up to two points. bernanke keeping the tabs open. keep that money going. how often can he
obama delivered today on the second day of his middle east trip. more from our world tonight. >>> raj, president obama urged both the israelis and palestinians to get back to the bargaining table and stop negotiating to negotiate. but president abbas is demanding they build jewish settlements. president obama agreed palestine must have its own state but said that israel must live in peace also. today, there were rocker s -- rockets today. >> they may as well reject the earth underneath them or the sky above, because israel is not going anywhere. >> president obama, speaking in front of a group of israeli students today, at the end of the night, mr. obama was awarded the medal of distinction, the first u.s. president to receive israel's highest honor. >>> and tomorrow, president obama will visit jordan and stay with king abdullah who is praising his visit. but protesters not happy. they burned the flag in the capitol city, upset with mr. obama's support for israel. >>> and iran angry at israel today, making destructive threats, today, their supreme leader, ayatollah saying that they w
. no questions asked. >>> new this morning, president obama is closing out his four-day trip in the middle east in jordan. he just boarded air force one just a few minutes ago. he's headed for petra. he will be during that area. his trip has strengthened u.s. bonds with israel but it's also left some palestinians angry. they apresident obama is playing favorites and he needs to more strongly condemn israel's settlements on palestinian land. in his weekly address he's calling on congress to focus on three gun measures that would ban some assault weapons. >> these ideas shouldn't be controversy. common sense. they are supported by a majority of the american people and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> the republicans, the budget -- >> senator mike lee of utah gave the republican rebuttal saying the budget proposed by senate democrats raises taxes by $1.5 trillion without saving entitlements. >>> also new this morning, around 4:00 the senate passed its first budget in four years. approving a $3.7 billion spending plan for next year. the 50 to 49 vote ended a grueling
of a pizza delivery worker and a texas prosecutor killed in january. >>> president obama is on his way home after a busy trip to the middle east. the president played tourist today ending his visit to jordan with a walking tour of the ancient city of petra. it was his first trip to israel and the west bank since he was e leched in 2008. it could pay dividends. the state department said john kerry will hold separate talks with palestinian and israeli leaders today. president obama attended a dinner in his honor hosted by president perez. there were many other high profile government officials in attendance. one face in the crowd was memorable. the first miss israel with ethiopian heritage since the pageant began in 1950. the orphan came to live with her grandparents at 12. president obama has long been one of her idols. she said a recent trip to her homeland showed her how far she'd come. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> translator: i stood there as a girl who finished the israeli army as an officer and thought how much a person can go through in nine, ten years. i learned a new languag
. >>> president obama will visit israel this week his first presidential trip to the country. police in jerusalem were getting ready for their trip calling it the most important visit since 2009. some 15,000 personnel are being deployed. >>> graffiti in the west bank has already defaced posters of mr. obama but so far the subject matter is light. the protests are over a lack of mobile wireless in the region. >>> gop fundraiser carl rowe fired back at sarah palin that candidates should go back home and run for office. >> i don't think i'm a balding fat guy. if i did run for office and win i would serve out my term i would not leave office midterm. >> reporter: rowe was referring to palin's decision to leave her seat. she also accused rowe of making millions from consultants. rowe spoke out saying he is a volunteer who doesn't take a dine from the superpack. >>> ktvu's mike mibach. >> reporter: this was a picture a little more than a year ago. this is a picture of oakland radicalism today. >> make the rsvp picking up the title. >> reporter: some two dozens hackers meeting inside oakland city hall m
process. the auditor says the findings were will forwarded to the district attorney. >> president obama is starting a joint news conference right now with palestinian authority abbas on the second day of his middle east trip. this is a live picket of the podium, and abbas is speaking right now and the president will speak. president obama left israel and arrived in the west bank at 2 1/2 hours ago. the two had a working learn and will visit a youth center shortly. president obama wants to hear from palestinians and israelis on what it will take to restart peace negotiations. he will return to jerusalem later today for a speech to israel's college students. abc7 news reporter, katie, will have more on the trip in the next half hour. >> on capitol hill the house of representatives will vote on a short-term budget deal to avert a government shut down a week away funding every cabinet agency and earmark another $87 billion for overseas military operations. the senate approved the bill which includes $85 billion in spending cuts that could cost thousands of federal workers their jobs. >> a r
ahead, a couple of rockets targeted directly at israel as president obama starts his second day of his trip to the middle east. we'll let you know how fresh violence there is affecting new hope for a peace deal. >>> and no rafts, no bikes, no pools, no ice skating. some big changes could be on the way to yosemite. the process was top of mind at their press conference. you heard president obama and president abbas make the case that everybody wants a two-state solution. the question is, how do you even get the negotiation started? the president admitted, he said, there's been too much negotiating in order to begin the negotiations. >> one of my main messages today, the same message i'm conveying in israel, is that we cannot give up, we cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. >> reporter: president obama called for no preconditions. he wants everybody to just start sitting down. >> make no mistake. those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting israel's right to exist might as well reject the earth beneath them or the sky above because israel's not going anywhere
on lockdown, but that has since been lifted. >> overseas, president obama is wrapping up his three day trip to israel this morning. if this is video of him pain respect to heroes of the jewish state and to victims of all holocaust. he laid wreaths at the graves of theodor herzl the founder of modern "zionism" and formerisraeli prime minister, and yitzhak rabin, who was assassinated back in 1995. the president next has to jordan. >> this morning we are continuing to monitor the school bread that was made against a san mateo high- school that force police to increase patrols near the campus. the threat was posted on the internet and it mentioned dollars this date. well, nothing happened. will tran is live at aragon high school and he tells us what police are still there. >> in the meantime we had a chance to talk to the police captain of the san mateo police department. here's what he had to say. >> wednesday morning a student noticed a suspicious posted on the face book page. it was an anonymous facebook page. it was brought to the attention of the staff at the school. threats like this are
the cuts, cuts no one seems to like but no one is able to stop. brian mooar, nbc news, >>> president obama just returned to the u.s. after wrapping up a trip to the middle east. he visited jordan before departing from ahman. jordan was the last stop on the first-day trip to israel and palestinian territories. >>> and coming up next at 6:00 the controversial decision to reopen a racetrack a week after a crash took the lives of two people. why officials say they had no choice. >>> after a mild day in the bay area we are talking about temperatures that will be similar tomorrow. 70s in the forecast. but there is rain ahead. a series of storms we are watching that will offer much-needed rain. we're back with the details. launch sequence initiated. [ beep ] 15 seconds and counting. [ male announcer ] at kfc we have one mission: and t-10...9... serve the world's best-tasting chicken. that's why our chicken is delivered fresh. 8... and prepared fresh by real cooks 7... t-5. all systems go. 4... with kfc's world famous secret recipe. preparation complete... 2.....1... and now for a limited time you
. >>> on tuesday, the day a new pope was installed in rome, president obama makes a sensitive trip to the holy land for his first presidential trip to israel. the trip isn't ambitious. mostly the president seems to be responding to critics who question why he's not been to israel as president. truth is reagan never wept, and president george w. bush only visited during his final months in office. the president, however, is dogged by the perception that he's pulled toward the government of america's strongest ally in the middle east and by the criticism that his outreach to improve relations with the muslim world has been at israel's expense. during an interview on friday with me for "press pass," israel's ambassador to the u.s. sought to downplay any rift. >> there is a u.s./israel relationship which is deep, which is unbreakable, and that's a message of assurance to the people of israel at a very turbulent time in our region and a message to the people of the middle east. >> mr. obama will visit the grave site of theodore hertz el, the father of modern zionism, meant to send a strong signal to the
in jerusalem, that was the centerpiece of his trip, president obama spoke directly to the israeli public. restating his commitment to israel's security and making his case for peace with the palestinians. we have two very special gifts, donna weiss is the host of "meet the press" on israeli tv's channel 2 and our own david gregory, the moderator of nbc's "meet the press," the longest-running program on television. we have a theme here of "meet the press." david with your indulgence, let me ask donna first, but who this was received. how the speech has been received here in israel. it was a dual message, the message of commitment to security, but also you have to take chances on peace. >> first let me thank you for having me. it's great to be here. i think this was a new way to talk about the peace process, the two-state solution. it hasn't been tried before. you come into a room, you talk straight to the young generation, you don't use the old world. you don't talk about the green line, the '67 border. the right of return. jerusalem, nothing, that was out. it was a whole new approach, em
survived the frightening ordeal and got the thieves apprehended. >>> also, president obama wrapping up his trip to the middle east, his first as president. how he may have helped the peace process, how he was received there when we continue. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. heart-healthy, whole grain oats. all right that's a fifth-floor probleok.. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leadin
. >>> also, president obama wrapping up his trip to the middle east, his first as president. how he may have helped the peace process, how he was received there when we continue. ♪ ♪ the new blackberry z10 with blackberry hub and flick typing. built to keep you moving. see it in action at blackberry.com/z10 are proven to be effective pain relievers. tylenol works by blocking pain signals to your brain. bayer advanced aspirin blocks pain at the site. try the power of bayer advanced aspirin. >>> president obama was in jordan today after visiting israel but what if anything did he accomplish there? the israeli veict on the visit next. today is gonna be an important day for us. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper. what's number two we wanna do? bring it up to 90 decatherms. how bout ya, joe? let's go ahead and bring it online. attention on site, attention on site. now starting unit nine. some of the world's cleanest gas turbines are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. >>> president obama is in jordan tonight after wrapping up a visit to israel. it began w
off his middle east trip, president obama turns his focus to immigration. hosting a naturalization ceremony for active duty members of the military today at the white house. >> after avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time has come for comprehensive sensible immigration reform. >>> up in arms. the nra blasts mayor michael bloomberg's plan to pressure senators in key states ahead of next month's gun control vote. >> 90% of the public wants something and their representatives vote against that. common sense says they are going to have a price to pay for that. >> he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public, they don't want him in their restaurants, they don't want him in their homes, they don't want him telling them what food to eat. they sure don't want him telling them what self-defense firearms to own. he can't buy america. >>> at the supreme court, dozens brave the cold and snow for their chance to witness this week's historic back-to-back cases on same-sex marriage. and the cinder-fellas
's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. it's the latest test of obama's frosty relationship with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. cnn's john king is in jerusalem this morning. john, this is president obama's first trip to israel. how delicate, how pivotal is this visit? >> reporter: well, carol, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the p
. this was a somewhat successful trip according to some white house officials for president obama. they feel that president obama has encouraged the israeli public to believe that president obama is actually on their side and that there is an unbreakable alliance as the israelis put it between america and israel. that being said, the skeptics still remain on both sides as israelis as well as palestinians. many feel that president obama's visit was symbolic. it may not negotiate any peace when it comes to the region. although there is still some hope at least that president obama and the obama administration will get involved and actually help in negotiating a two-state solution. >> we brought you the president's unscripted remarks at the top of the show. how is that being received in the israeli press about the children of the palestinians? >> reporter: many israelis, it depends on who you talk to, really. the israelis, they, too, are very divided when it comes to the palestinian issue. many israelis agreed with president obama and they do feel that there should be a two-state solution. that
barack obama has let jordan at the end of his visit to the middle east. the white house had set low expectations for this trip. the main purpose seemed to be reasewering israel that the u.s. is a committed ally. looking back now on president obama's four-day tour. >> looking at the pictures you might think president obama was simply on holiday, touring the ancient city of petra in jordan. in israel, marveling at the dead sea scrolls. but these visits were carefully crafted events meant to send a message to israelis about his correction -- connection to the land they believe dates back to biblical times. the support is believed to be what pushed israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to apologize to turkish prims recep tayyip erdogan about the raid. supporters at the israeli expandoes killed nine turks aboard an aid ship carrying activists trying to end the blockade against the -- against the gaza strip. >> it's in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order. >> the entire focus of the president's trip was to strengthe
of the country. >> next, president obama is getting ready for a trip overseas. the long-standing problem he will be confronted with when he arrives at the destination. >> cash for weapons? the bay area county getting ready to hold another gun buyback >> now developing news we brought you earlier, authorities say they found a 90-year-old san jose man who was recorded missing yesterday. he was found safe just a short while ago. authorities were concerned about his safety because he suffers from alzheimer's disease. >> there is going to an second gun buyback if santa clara after a successful high back got 1,100 firearms. it will be held on saturday with the county using left over money from an early event to fund this buy back. authorities will pay up to $100 for each handgun, shotgun, or rifle and $200 for assault weapons. no questions asked. >> today the. sonoma county supervisors will adopt an ordinance to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to sue driver whose intentionally threaten or harass them. the proposal being pushed by bicycling advocates after recent crashes that injured o
the region. abc7 news reporter, katie marzullo, is monitoring the trip. >> right now, president obama and palestinian prime minister are visiting a youth center. thethe young people are the rean the palestinians and israels cannot give up on peace said the president. but there was no peace, israeli police say mill taps fired rockets into southern israel and you can see the damage if this video. no one was hurt. israeli tv is saying israel will respond to the rockets but they did not specify how or when. >> president obama has been if the west bank if several hours this morning and he and president abbas had a working lunch and the news conference. president abbas describes the talks as "good" and president obama says change is possible but it will take time. >> what is true in the united states can be true here as well. we can make the changes but they will be have to be determined. we have to counsel. -- we have to have courage and break out of the old arguments. >> in israel, president obama and israeli prime minister, binyamin netanyahu, visited the jerusalem museum home to the dea
obama arrived in jordan. what this trip could mean for mideast peace. i'll talk with joseph lieberman. ♪ ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. ♪ right. but the most important feature of all is... the capital one purchase eraser. i can redeem the double miles i earned with my venture card to erase recent travel purchases. and with a few clicks, this mission never happened. uh, what's this button do? [ electricity zaps ] ♪ you requested backup? yes. yes i did. what's in your wallet? no they don't. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain't nothin to me ♪ ain't nothin to me [ crowd murmurs ] hey! ♪ [ howls ] ♪ >>> we're keeping our eyes on wall street as stocks opened higher on the news of a deal for cyprus. we like it when the green ar
and the stories that you are talking about, but first, the day's headlines. president barack obama back home after a busy trip to the middle east and he arrived at andrews air force base after the trip that took him to jordan and the west bank. secretary john kerry did not arrive on air force one. he stayed around to talk to the israeli leader e. >>> the motion to vacate is granted. >>> david ranta spent 23 years in prison for a murd her didn't commit. he was wrongfully convicted of killing a rabbi, and the lawyer says that his client plans to kill the city of new york. >>> and joe weeden died today. he is a legend in body building and controlled the world's biggest sports empire. he also introduced the world to mr. arnold schwarzenegger and also brought flex and he died at his home. he was 93 years old. here is what else we are working on. >>> did you know that your neighbor or friend could be a sociopath with all of the high profile murder trials, we checked to find a surprising statistic. hope you are sitting down. >>> we announce you married. >> is going gay? at least on the path to marriage.
that not even liberals approve of it. [ applause ] >> mike: president obama just wrapped up his first trip to israel as president. it began with the president playing nice during a joint press conference with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> my main goal on this trip has been to have an opportunity to speak directly to the israeli people at a time when obviously what was already a pretty tough neighborhood has gotten tougher. and let them know that they a d states. that we have your back. that we consider israel's security of extraordinary importance to us. >> mike: but the next day while speaking to a younger audience the president urged israelis to put themselves in the shoes of palestinians. >> it is not fair that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. [ applause ] >> living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements not just of those young people but their parents and grandparents every single day. >> mike: how did the visit go over with israelis? joining us is former israeli ambassador to the united nations and presiden
. >> jesse: president obama arriving back in washington last night after his trip to the middle east. so did he accomplish what he set out to do? chris wallace weighs in the top of the hour. and cheers to springtime. a fine wine that won't break your budget. ♪ i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer through 6 months. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events, including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. you should not start enbrel if
.com. >>> president obama touching down shortly in israel. the historic trip comes with a new urgency. claims of syria is using chemical weapons on its own people grow louder. >>> new information this morning in the plot to kill at a college campus and the roommate who may have prevented a massacre now speaking out. >>> and a stunning upset from national champions to losers in the first round. can you believe it? the can't miss low lights of the kentucky game. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm poppy harlow in for john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. developing this morning, president obama touches down in tel aviv in just under an hour. there is a new sense of urgency to his historic middle east visit this morning because there is growing concern that the syrian government has used chemical weapons on its own people near the northern city. sarah sidener is live from jerusalem. what was the president's mission in israel and how do the developments in syria potentially change his agenda? >> reporter: well, look, the problem of the chemical weapons in syria has been high on the agenda any
, president obama is on the ground in israel right now. it's his first trip there as commander in chief. we just saw the limousine pull up arriving at israeli president peres' home in jerusalem. one of many stops on his trip. the bulk of this visit will, indeed, center on israel where he'll try to make a connection to the israeli people. >>> all started 6:13 this morning eastern time when he landed in tel aviv. as soon as he stepped off air force one, he was greeted not just by peres but also benjamin netanyahu. don't exactly have a warm relationship, but here he is, the live picture with peres. and you see all the school children waiting american and israeli flags and we are told in a little while, oh, there he is shaking hands, greeting them from pretty excited kids. the kids will be singing a very familiar song tomorrow in english, arabic and hebrew. we expect to hear the president also, as well. he spoke earlier today about the special relationship between the united states and israel. and as they do a photo-op, here's what the president said a little while ago. >> i see this visit as a
to place pressure on the state department and obama administration to help release her husband christian pastor saeed abedini. he was arrested last july during a trip to build an orphan age. she said he was skyping with her and two kids daily. that all changed when he was taken into custody. >> we didn't know where he was for a week. they kept saying mommy, can we hear his voice. i couldn't explain why that he was physically taken to prison. they kept saying does daddy not love us anymore. does daddy not want to hear our voice anymore? i had to tell them daddy was jesus. abedini is a u.s. citizen, beaten in prison and internal bleeding. justice represents the abedini family and collected a petition with a half million signatures calling for his release. cbn is sending aid to people that lost their homes. hundreds of rampaging muslims community destroying 170 homes. the mob was fuelled by the accused of blasphemy islam's prophet mohammed. most christians fled the home before the attack. they marched in the streets of islama bad. in pakistan blasphemy against mohammed carries the death pen
been lifted. >> overseas, president barack obama is wrapping up his three day trip to israel this morning. this is video of campaign respect to heroes of the jewish state and to victims of the holocaust. the president's next has to jordan. >> this morning we are continuing to monitor the school bread that was made against the san mateo high school the force police to increase patrols near the campus. posted on the internet and mentioned the arsonist day. will tran is live at aragon high school and tells us why police are still there. >> we see some parents are here to drop off their students. school is expected to start and about 30 minutes. that will have police presence inside the school and outside the school. because we live in an age where the schools get the affirmation how quickly they told the parents than half of them kept their children and home. we was see how this plays out today to see whether not parents to keep children home today. >> wednesday morning a student at the school noticed a suspicious postings on its face book page and it was an anonymous page. they
: and this has been a lot about imagery on this trip. one of the images today was president obama and prime minister netanyahu touring the iron dome missile defense system as pointed to by president obama to show his support to israel. 300 million went to fund this, an improvement in the last gaza war and president obama points to that as his support for israel. he has a battle selling himself in israel, only 10% of israelis say they like president obama and he's going direct for a hard sell, megyn, when he goes before a national television audience and talking to students and why he is in favor of israel and going forward, how he hopes to help the jewish state in a second term. >> megyn: thank you. and in honor to president obama's visit to jerusalem, the israeli embassy in washington releases an unusual animated video featuring the two leaders and a classic song from the 1980's sit com. watch this. >> the bonds between the united states and israel are unbreakable and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ ♪ travel
bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. >>> president obama's set to leave tomorrow on his first trip to israel as president. he's going to meet with the new israeli government and also make stops in the west bank and in jordan as well. the president is facing a skeptical israeli public and perhaps a strained relationship with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. athena jones has a preview of the president's trip and what he hopes to accomplish. >> reporter: five years after he visited israel as a candidate, president obama is going through to reassure skeptical israelis about where he stands on iran. >> i have been crystal clear about my position on iran possessing a nuclear weapon. that is a redline for us. it's something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world. >> reporter: while he says all options are on the table to stop iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the president also wants to convince israeli leaders to allow more time for diplomacy. >> what we're going to be doing is continuing to engage internationally with iran understanding th
washington post" has outlined what this trip means from president obama to israel and it is a pretty daunting list. it is to reaffirm the u.s. commitment to israel, security talks about iran's nuclear weapons program, also israel's red line. discuss the movement of arms into the syrian rebel territory on the lebanon border. are the president and benjamin netanyahu likely to find common ground? as peter points out in such a short period of time? this is just a quick trip. >> there is no doubt, thomas, that they've had a very difficult personal relationship with each other. but the president has consistently supported israel's military goals and objectives and to secure it and he in fact, his first stop is going to be visiting the iron dome antimissile installation when he arrives. insofar as the personal ties between the two men it's been probably part of the reason why the president's standing among the israeli public has been so low. not that netanyahu himself is not at fault for this dysfunctional personal relationship but the israeli people want to see from the president he is truly commit
. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. >>> president obama is taking his charm offensive overseas this week, as he makes his first trip to israel as president. after touching down in tel aviv he will spend wednesday, thursday and part of friday meeting with israeli and palestinian leaders in jerusalem and ramallah before moving on to jordan for talks with king abdullah. despite the historic nature of the trip, expectations are low, thomas friedman sums it up, it's hard for me to recall a less-anticipated trip to israel by an american president. the president is not expected to present any concrete proposals to foster peace in the region when he meets with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the trip is being seen as a chance for the two countries to mend fences. a new poll finds that only 10% of israelis view president obama favorably. something he will try to change on thursday when speaks directly to the israeli people. in an address to thousands of students in jerusalem. politico describes president obama's itinerary as symbolism on steroids. the preside
you'll notice on this trip in pretty much every speech that president obama has made, is that he's really made an effort to talk about the ancient jewish connection to this land. that's what israelis wanted to hear. and the fact that he's going to see the dead sea skrocrolls, replicas of the second temple, these are all very much planned. >> he brought out some of the slogans of 2008. we must be the change we seek. and these ideas, it was really interesting. because that is no longer the president we see. he is mired in washington dysfunction. the message of hope and change and believing that progress is possible -- is something that's now being trotted out on the international stage. >> there's two dynamics at play here in israel. number one, bibi is in a politically very different situation domestically than he was at the beginning of the obama presidency. i would imagine, i would be curious to hear other folks weigh in on this. that's changing the dynamic a little bit from his perspective. that being said, i think president obama has also understood, and you saw clinton do thi
authority. while 18% have no opinion. >>> big trip for president obama. there is a perception by some that -- that the president has devoted more of his energies and his, his vision to arab issues rather than israeli issues. a perception by some, fair or not. so there is a sense that he is going over there to sort of maybe give the impression that he is mending fences. >> and by, by doing what he has done as far as arab issues goes it puts him on the opposite side of where a lot of people want him. because of our tight relationship with israel. that's something that they want to continue to happen. and the fact that he, in the eyes of many has been on the opposite side of israel, and he has been against the settlements, which israel is very much for. it's strained relationships for the president. >> will be a tightrope on the trip. >>> let's talk about the latest on the horrifying lion attack at a california animal sanctuary. the last person to speak to the victim telling her story in an abc news exclusive. fellow cat haven worker megan pauls was on the phone with diana hanson before
to the u.s. a vote is expected in cyprus in the next couple of days. >> president obama leaves for a trip to the middle east including his first visit to israel since he was a presidential candidate in 2008. president obama is hoping to restart long-stalled peace talks between israel and palestine. mr. obama's departure marks one of the rare times when both the president and the vice president are both traveling out of the country at the same time. >> another major politician, a change on gay marriage. hillary clinton, presidential candidate potentially, she supports the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. according to our latest poll, clinton is not the only american changing her views as the supreme court is consider this issue. good morning. >> good morning, john, diana. you know, gay marriage is legal now in nine states and banned in 31 others. but there is a seismic shift in american's perceptions about gay rights. a shift hillary clinton is reflecting. former secretary of state hillary clinton announced her support for same-sex marriage. >> i support marriage for lesbian and gay c
mega roll paper towel 6 pack for $4.99. staples. that was easy. >>> president obama is in israel tonight. and all day his trip got lots and lots of attention. this is what it looked like on the internet. at every site that starts with www dot. israel has for decades of course been a big boisterous high profile part of our american politics. during the presidential campaign republicans tried to make a big stink about how president obama had never visited israel, not once in his first term. just hike every republican president since nixon. george is h.w. bush didn't go. on his trip today, he planted a tree. he also signed a guest book. there were plenty of photo ops. this was the big wuchlt see that big box thing that looks like it's on the back of a truck there. the president visiting the israeli air defense system that has a name that sounds like it comes out of a come iblg book. the iron dome. a big iron dome fly swater paid for in part by the united states. and that's where our domestic politics intruded on today's presidenttial trip abroad. we are still trying to wrap our head
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